Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes | Life On Fire

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Life On Fire

by Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes

Indie folk-pop band out of Jersey City, NJ. Combining Wolfson’s signature literary songwriting and the band’s tightly-woven arrangements, they create unconventional “three-verse dramas” full of emotional complexity and insight around toe-tapping melodies.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Can't Break Me Again
2:56 $0.99
2. The Backseat and Me
3:15 $0.99
3. Memory of a Fall
3:44 $0.99
4. Billy Wonder
2:46 $0.99
5. Nothing to It
4:32 $0.99
6. 1972
2:36 $0.99
7. Blood Work
4:05 $0.99
8. Apocalypse Cafe
3:50 $0.99
9. Brooklyn Mermaids
4:09 $0.99
10. Ten
3:32 $0.99
11. Stray Dogs
2:36 $0.99
12. Last Coin
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Quotes about the Band:

“The band’s happy, full sound is infectious. Scott Wolfson’s voice is silky with an edge. The future of folk rock is here.”
–– Cheryl Prashker, President of Northeast Regional Folk Alliance [NERFA] / Percussionist for RUNA

“Scott Wolfson and the Other Heroes – Life On Fire

Scott Wolfson aspires to a fusion of style and musical audacity. The assembled group of musicians in the Other Heroes commits to this goal. Life On Fire showcases the ability of Scott and company to create an album with a diverse sound and strong lyrics throughout. The lead-off track You Can’t Break Me Again, is a buoyant honkytonk romp. It’s sly declaration, ‘I was born broken,’ reinforces the song’s title. The third track, Memory Of A Fall, is reminiscent of Tim Hardin’s classic Reason to Believe. Scott sings softly, ‘If I seem to lose my way / Do you just leave me? / Do you think you’d stay?’ Piano and cello add to the song’s gravity. 1972 borrows stylistically from that era — a synthesizer chortles giddily — to create a nostalgic, sometimes comedic look backward: ‘Laughing at the joke, as your lungs filled up with smoke’ starts a progression as the song’s protagonist attempts to grow through the decade. Brooklyn Mermaids is a soft lament for a twice-lost love: ‘So don’t love mermaids from Brooklyn / ’cause they’re gonna be who they must be…’ Stray Dogs joins the rave-up category, reaching the conclusion that ‘Everybody learns that even stray dogs find a home.’

Life on Fire rocks effortlessly and joyously and ruminates softly when it has to. We’re expecting a lot of airplay for this album.”
–– Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live

“I am fortunate to have heard many of these songs in their genesis in a song circle format. With the release of a full length album Life On Fire , Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes has succeeded in putting out a lush, vocally rich, lyrically deep, beautifully produced body of new work. The groove is there, full of jump up and dance around the room indie-pop sounds. Now, here is the great news — the songs are smart and well written. They are odes to lost souls, lonely moments and dark nights of reckoning with hard truths cropping up: ‘Go ahead now, kick me when I’m down/ I was born broken/You can’t break me again’. This opening song caught me and I stayed on for the lonely ride from the backseat of a car going to a bleak beach town, all the way to the Last Coin where ‘you see scars/I see the stars above me…with the last coin in my pocket I’m fine’. The protagonist is coming home on a river of gold. In Scott’s music the upbeat melodies and his incredible range bely the sadness and starkness of the lyrics: ‘There are times it hurts to walk/So we crawl. And our legs may ache from the baggage we haul/But the pain is in your head/It lies instead in the memory of a fall’ or in the dark heart of Billy Wonder. Wolfson will get you dancing at The Apocalypse Cafe, then crying for the return of the Brooklyn Mermaids, one of my favorites. Ten is childlike in it’s countdown chorus but the verses caught in my heart and I felt for those children who lost their art. All in all, a fine, fresh, new sound and I am sure Scott Wolfson and his Heroes (Skyler Bode, Matt Laurita, Kirk Siee, Chris Kelly, and Jeremiah Birnbaum) should indie-rock-folk-pop their way to a much bigger audience. They are ready! Go hear them and latch onto this strangely dark but ultimately fun ride!”
–– Kathryn’s House Concerts NYC

“Scott Wolfson ranks high among the outstanding crop of current Indie-Folk songwriters on the NY scene. Life on Fire, the first full length CD from the band that he fronts, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, features catchy melodies and creative songwriting. Favorites tracks among the neighbors here in Nowheresville include Nothing To It and Apocalypse Cafe. Both songs have been chosen for “The Most Awesome Tune In Nowheresville This Week” Not bad for a debut project!”
–– Joltin’ Joe, The Mad Scientist Radio Nowhere, WMSC 90.3FM

“…Scott got the Budgiedome Seal of Approval and I’m listening to the band’s new CD as I write this…
I am so tempted to say that what I like about Scott’s music is what I like about Scott, weirdness. Remember I always use weird as a compliment and I get the feeling that Scott would be insulted if I said he wasn’t weird. But the thing is that some of his songs are weird. You Can’t Break Me Again is a jaunty tune about dark subject matter. Cognitive dissonance is the word I’m trying to avoid but it’s the right word. But usually when I use it for Scott it’s because of songs like Memory of a Fall which is lyrical, moving, and beautiful. Scott sings like an angel. And that’s where the dissonance kicks in as he’s no angel. He’s not evil, not a demon, maybe an imp. He comes across as cynical and sarcastic but he can write a song that makes you go ‘awwww.’ Of course then he writes Apocalypse Café which is exactly what you’d expect him to write. If you put Scott in a box it has to be a fractal box.”

–– Gordon Nash, Music Coordinator Budgie dome



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